‘Egyptian Popeye’ Says His 31-Inch Biceps Are All-Natural

'Egyptian Popeye' Says His 31-Inch Biceps Are All-NaturalThe proud possessor of those twin slabs of muscle and brawn is Egyptian weightlifter Moustafa Ismail. His biceps are 31 inches around, enough to draw the attention of the Guinness World Records … for both good and ill.

‘Disproportionate arms’

To keep in shape, according to The Daily Mail, Ismail must down seven pounds of protein, nine pounds of carbs and three gallons of water each day, and puts in two three-hour workouts each day. His typical diet includes four pounds of chicken, two pounds of steak or fish, four cups of almonds, and three liters of protein shakes. Critics have contended that his, shall we say, disproportionate arms are the result of steroids or some other unnatural additive, but Ismail insists he is clean.

Ismail, 24, began lifting in Alexandria, Egypt, and has since moved to a Boston suburb. His arms put him on Guinness’ radar, which offered to fly him to London to appear with the world’s shortest woman and other distinctive individuals.

‘Ethical workout practices’

That set off the critics, which insisted that Ismail must have used either steroids, implants, or a synthetic oil such as Synthol to boost the apparent size of muscle tissue. Ismail has countered that he has no money for oils, no scars from surgery, and a Japanese television program tested him and found no abnormalities. Guinness has, for the moment, severed its connection with Ismail until it can determine conclusively that Ismail’s arms are the result of natural and ethical workout practices.

Ismail, for his part, says he’ll use the criticism as motivation, and insists that his frame is the result of natural practices. Regardless, if nothing else he has a bright future as a bouncer ahead.

Do you think Moustafa Ismail’s 31-inch biceps are indeed all-natural? Do you find big biceps attractive?

Source: Yahoo News

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Viral Photo Helps Extend Arthritic Dog’s Life

A photograph of a man wading in Lake Superior with his 19-year-old arthritic dog captured the hearts of millions when it was posted online last month–an outpouring that inspired the dog’s owner to launch a foundation to help low-income families care for their aging canines.

John Unger says Schoep’s Legacy Foundation has raised more than $25,000 since Unger and his dog, Schoep, were photographed by a friend, who posted the image to Facebook. Before the photo was taken, Unger and his veterinarian had been considering putting Schoep down.

“Without treatment, John and I were talking about euthanasia at the end of July,” Erik Haukass, the vet, told the Daily Mail. But through the unsolicited donations from people who saw the photo, Unger was able to treat Schoep and extend his life: “Schoep is doing incredible right now,” Unger said. ‘The therapies that the people have donated–it’s like turning back the clock a year and a half.”

The “Official Fan Page of Schoep and John” has more than 20,000 “likes,” and Hudson has been selling prints of the photo to benefit the cause.

“This 19-year-old [Schoep is] being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior,” Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, the photographer, wrote in the Facebook post that sparked the outpouring. “Schoep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temperature of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8-month-old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures.”

Because of the public’s generosity, Schoep has been getting expensive joint laser treatments to reduce pain and swelling related to arthritis. “He’s walking so much faster,” the 49-year-old Unger said. “It’s unbelievable.”

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Source: Yahoo News

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